How four songs about time explain our current politics and what’s at stake | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - October 5, 2021

Much of our politics and government is framed, even forced by time, whether it is a legal or self-imposed deadline.

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]

Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis.


Learning to love one-party rule: A Beginner’s Guide | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - March 24, 2021

In a hyper-partisan time like ours, one-party rule means that things can get done. It also fosters competition between the parties.

Pa.’s Toomey, lawmakers resolve fed loan standoff, clearing path for COVID relief bill, report

BY: - December 20, 2020

In a statement released by his office, Toomey called the compromise "an unqualified victory for taxpayers. Senate Republicans achieved all four of our objectives regarding the CARES Act 13(3) Federal Reserve lending programs."


Fox News says impeachment is boring. Don’t listen. It’s history before your eyes | John L. Micek

BY: - January 26, 2020

More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government. Incandescent with anger, they’ll complain that, while their neighbors don’t know the name of their local member of Congress, they can absolutely tell you what happened on the latest episode […]


Damage wrought by the tyrant-in-chief will take decades to undo | John L. Micek

BY: - October 17, 2019

Trump's betrayal of the Kurds, letter to Turkish president Erdogan, and other blunders highlight his hubris, ignorance of history and national security.

Pa.’s Pat Toomey teams with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on fentanyl bill

BY: - April 5, 2019

The bill would get tough on fentanyl imports and manufacturing from China.